The Duke of Edinburgh award can be “a game-changer, raising young people’s aspirations and opening doors to employment whilst bringing people together”. We are proud at Downlands of our flourishing Duke of Edinburgh programme and every year more and more students complete their Bronze Award and then go onto do their Silver.
Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Through the DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition.
Congratulations to all the students who completed their Bronze Award this year. Certificates were handed out at an informal evening by Mr Joyner (History teacher). Mr Joyner told the students about is own experiences of completing the Gold Award and his visit to Buckingham Palace to collect it!
Award Winners this year include:
Sophie Allen, Kyle Barbour, Anna Bazeley, Robyn Brady, Ella Chapman, Isobel Cooper, Will Dawson, Susie Furner, Daisy Hearle, Bella Henderson, Ben Herbert, Jonny Hill, Jessie Humphreys, Joe Illingworth, Sophie Mann, Daniel Maynard, Meg Millar, Ben Bryse, Harry Robinson, Ellah Sasson, Edie Seth, Amy Talbot, Jess Taylor, Stephen Webb and Poppy Edwards.